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EPIC's Rotenberg Outlines Need for International Privacy Framework

Speaking at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, EPIC President Marc Rotenberg outlined the need for the US to ratify the International Privacy Convention. Rotenberg said it was "unlikely that the Privacy Shield will survive another trip to Luxembourg." The Privacy Shield is a proposed arrangement for EU-US data transfers that has come under criticism from European consumer groups, NGOs, privacy officials, and the EU Data Protection Supervisor. In 2009, more than 100 privacy groups and experts endorsed the Council of Europe Privacy Convention. In 2010 members of the EPIC Advisory Board urged then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to seek US ratification of the Privacy Convention.

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